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Sea to Sky

A Northwest Coast Style Totem Pole

Totem Pole.

Sea to Sky: Eagle and Killer Whale.

Sea to Sky: Eagle, Killer Whale.

This miniature totem pole was inspired by the Sea to Sky country surround Howe Sound, a veritable paradise on earth; a place where the water tastes sweet and the air smells fresh, where you can walk barefoot in the woods in total comfort, and where the winters are mind and the summers mosquitoless.

Eagle

Eagle.

Eagle.

The eagle, the so-called “master of the skies”, is one of the most sacred animals in Haida and Tlingit mythology. Being the namesake of one of the two major moieties to which all Haida and Tlingit people belong (the Eagle Clan (Eagle/Wolf in the case of the Tlingit) and the Raven Clan), the eagle was considered by the Northwest Coast people to be a messenger to the Creator; an animal which, due to its ability to fly to soaring heights, was uniquely equipped to travel between the physical world and the spiritual world. The eagle represents power, wisdom, nobility, and prestige.

Killer Whale

Killer Whale.

Killer Whale.

The killer whale or orca, the so-called “lord of the ocean”, is an important animal in Northwest Coast tradition. The Tlingit viewed the killer whale as a benevolent protector of mankind, and held it in the highest regard, while the Kwakwaka’wakw believed that the killer whale was the reincarnation of an ancestor lost at sea. The killer whale is one of the four major clans of the Tsimshian Nation (along with the Eagle, Raven, and Wolf clans). The killer whale represents kindness, intelligence, compassion, and kinship. This mini Canadian Northwest Coast-style totem pole was hand-carved from yellow cedar and varnished with two light coats of boiled linseed oil. The base is made from western red cedar and is bottomed with genuine Harris tweed. The base measures 8 x 8 (roughly 3.25 x 3.25 inches), and total height is 27 cm (roughly 10.75 inches). The wingspan measures 27.5 cm (roughly 10.75 inches). This piece was hand-crafted by yours truly, a western Canadian aboriginal artist.

Sea to Sky.

Sea to Sky.

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